Today’s News - Wednesday, March 7, 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE: It's a Pritzker Prize surprise (again) this year! We selected a few stories by some of our faves that go beyond a rehash of the press release. The RAIC also announced a 99-year-old firm as its 2018 Architectural Firm Award recipient, and the 2018 Isamu Noguchi Award goes to an industrial designer and a landscape architect. And don't miss McGuigan's call for #MeToo/Time's Up movements in architecture. And now - we're declaring a snow day!

●  Hawthorne weighs in on the Pritzker Prize's "surprise choice," 90-year-old Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi, who "has made affordable housing a focus of his work - an architectural mindset that I have elsewhere referred to (with more than a little affection) as 'boring' is also clear to see in Doshi's patient and unruffled approach."

●  Wainwright recalls his visit to Doshi's studio in Ahmedabad in 2009: "It felt more like a village square than the office of an architecture practice."

●  Holland has a conversation with Doshi, who described the Pritzker decision as "a great surprise," and "insisted on putting the achievement in the context of India's urban and economic development - reflecting a commitment to using architecture as a force for public good."

●  The official 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize website (tons of info and miles of amazing images!): Doshi's "work in architecture to affect humanity is deeply personal, responsive, and meaningful - his architecture is both poetic and functional."

●  Meanwhile, the RAIC gives Toronto-based RDHA the 2018 Architectural Firm Award: Founded in 1919 and "has in recent years undergone a successful renewal," the firm is praised for its "commitment to making even ordinary projects into delightful and visually interesting architecture."

●  Meanwhile #2: The 2018 Isamu Noguchi Award goes to industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa of 21_21 Design Sight, and landscape architect Edwina von Gal.

●  McGuigan ponders where architecture's #MeToo movement is: "It's time the profession took a leaf from Hollywood's Time's Up initiative - the field of architecture in the 21st century will be diminished if it doesn't have a reputation for fairness or reflect the diversity of the people that it serves."

●  "Ahead of International Women's Day tomorrow," ArchitectureAU profiles five "women behind Australia's built future."

●  Malkin offers a great profile of Tatiana Bilbao, who "brings empathy to the task of designing low-cost housing - infusing a vision of architecture as a platform that people can use to improve their quality of life according to their own needs, rather than those mapped out for them by planners and developers" (maybe next year's Pritzker Laureate?).

●  Eyefuls of Adjaye's design for the National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra, "a place of worship and a community hub" that will include a 5,000-seat auditorium and Africa's first bible museum (and lots more).

●  AIA minces no words in its take on Trump's proposed steel and aluminum tariffs with "a striking warning that a rise in material costs could mean major losses for the U.S. economy" - and "limit the range of options architects can use while adhering to budgetary constraints for a building."

●  While tariffs may - or may not - go into effect, a new report says "demand for commercial construction will increase," with a skilled workforce shortage leading to contractors increased "use of efficient building approaches such as prefabrication and modular building."

●  Green with good news for landscape architecture services: it's valued at $2.7 billion in the U.S.: "In case anyone doubts the value of the creative economy, the NEA and BEA's data should put their concerns to rest."


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